I have a 12 hours transit at Amsterdam Schiphol airport but I have no visa to exit the airport, and all hotels inside are fully booked. Shops and restaurants are all closed by the time I arrive at the airport. Are there areas to relax and get some sleep? What else is there to do inside?

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    Related: travel.stackexchange.com/a/38141/22140
    – JoErNanO
    Dec 12 '14 at 13:06
  • Schiphol's duty free is quite complete, so you will be able to spend some hours checking their stuff. Then, there are some very nice long, comfortable chairs to get some rest.
    – fedorqui
    Dec 12 '14 at 15:54

I suppose by this time OP has already finished his/her layover. For future visitors, here's another suggestion: Visit the Rijksmuseum at Schiphol at no charge! It is open daily from 6:00 – 20:00 and is located between piers E and F.


Also see this list:



I recently traveled through Schiphol and there are plenty of comfortable seating areas (well padded couches) and lots of power points so you should be very comfortable.

The specific area I had in mind was next to departures gate E08.

There are also automated relax/massage chairs that operate by coin which you can use to time out for a while.

There are 24 hours food and beverage shops, but strangely available in arrivals and not departure.

There are also meditation areas where you can go to relax (although I am not sure if these are open 24 hours).

So you should easily be able to spend 12 hours.


When I had a long layover at Schiphol I found the airport park a nice place to kill some time. In particular you can actually get outside and have some fresh air, if the weather is nice.

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